TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus 2019-20 Prelims Exam Pattern Tamil PDF

TNPSC Group 1 exam pattern and syllabus are released by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission along with the official notification.

The Group 1 exam pattern has two levels of exams- Prelims and Mains.

The paper pattern and the syllabus are different for both levels. Candidates must practice the previous years paper to prepare well for the exam.

The overall exam pattern for all three are the same. However, the detailed syllabus for Group A and C exams are different from that of Group B. Therefore, the candidates preparing for TNPSC Group 1 Exam  must check the respective previous year question papers while preparations.

TNPSC Group 1 Exam Pattern 2022

As mentioned above, there are two levels of exam in the TNPSC Group 1 exam pattern. 

  1. TNPSC Group 1 Prelims has only one objective-type paper which consists of two sections.
  2. Each question from both the sections carry 1.5 marks. 
  3. It is qualifying in nature and its marks are not considered for final selection. 
  4. There are three papers in the TNPSC Group 1 Mains exam 2022.
  5. It is conceptual and carries a total of 750 marks
  6. There is no negative marking in the exam.
Exam Paper Maximum Marks Duration
Prelims General Studies +Aptitude and Mental Ability 225+75  3 hours
Mains Paper 1 250 3 hours
Paper 2 250 3 hours
Paper 3 250 3 hours
Group A&C Syllabus

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus: Group A and C Services

  • TNPSC Group 1 exam syllabus for group A and C services is different from that of group B.
  • The syllabus for every post is available on the official website too and the candidates can download and save TNPSC Group 1 syllabus PDF from there.

The detailed syllabus for the prior is given below.

TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Syllabus

The Prelims exam has only one paper but two sections. The two sections are divided and the topics from each are listed here.

General Studies Syllabus

This section of the paper is lengthy and consists of 9 different units. Each unit further consists of lists of topics from which the objective questions are asked. 

Unit 1- General Science

  1. Scientific Knowledge and Scientific temper, Power of Reasoning, Rote Learning vs Conceptual Learning, Science as a tool to understand the past, present and future.
  2. Nature of Universe, General Scientific Laws, Mechanics, Properties of Matter, Force, Motion and Energy, Everyday application of basic principles of Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Light, Sound, Heat, Nuclear Physics, Laser, Electronics and Communications.
  3. Elements and Compounds, Acids, Bases, Salts, Petroleum Products, Fertilizers, Pesticides.
  4. Main concepts of Life Science, Classification of Living Organisms, Evolution, Genetics, Physiology, Nutrition, Health and Hygiene, Human Diseases.
  5. Environment and Ecology.

Unit 2- Current Affairs

  1. History– Latest diary of events, National Symbols, Profile of States, Eminent personalities and places in news, Sports, Books and Authors.
  2. Polity– Political Parties and political system in India, Public Awareness and General administration, Welfare oriented Government schemes and their utility, Problems in Public Delivery Systems.
  3. Geography– Geographical landmarks
  4. Economics– Current socio-economic issues.
  5. Science– Latest inventions in Science and Technology

Unit 3- Geography of India

  1. Location, Physical features, Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate, Water resources, Rivers in India, Soil, minerals and natural resources, Forest and wildlife, Agricultural pattern.
  2. Transport and Communication.
  3. Social Geography, Population density and distribution, Racial, linguistic groups and major tribes.
  4. Natural calamity, Disaster Management, Environmental Pollution, Reasons and preventive measures, Climate change, Green energy.

Unit 4- History and Culture of India

  1. Indus Valley Civilization, Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas, Age of Vijayanagaram and Brahmani Kingdoms, South Indian History.
  2. Change and Continuity in the Socio-Cultural History of India.
  3. Characteristics of Indian culture, Unity in diversity, Race, language, custom.
  4. India as a Secular State, Social Harmony.

Unit 5- Indian Polity

  1. Constitution of India, Preamble to the Constitution, Salient features of the Constitution, Union, State and Union Territory.

  2. Citizenship, Fundamental rights, Fundamental duties, Directive Principles of State Policy.

  3. Union Executive, Union legislature, State Executive, State Legislature, Local governments, Panchayat Raj.

  4. Spirit of Federalism: Centre-State Relationships

  5. Election, Judiciary in India, Rule of Law

  6. Corruption in public life, Anti-corruption measures, Lokpal and Lok Ayukta, Right to Information, Empowerment of women, Consumer protection forums, Human rights charter.

Unit 6- Indian Economy

  1. Nature of Indian economy, Five year plan models, an assessment, Planning Commission and Niti Ayog.
  2. Sources of revenue, Reserve Bank of India, Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy, Finance Commission, Resource sharing between Union and State Governments, Goods and Services Tax. 
  3. Structure of Indian Economy and Employment Generation, Land reforms and Agriculture, Application of Science and Technology in agriculture, Industrial growth, Rural welfare oriented programmes, Social problems, Population, education, health, employment, poverty.

Unit 7- Indian National Movement

  1. National renaissance, Early uprising against British rule, Indian National Congress, Emergence of leaders- B.R. Ambedkar, Bhagat Singh, Bharathiar, V.O. Chidambaranar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamarajar, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Thanthai Periyar, Rajaji, Subash Chandra Bose and others. 
  2. Different modes of Agitation: Growth of Satyagraha and Militant movements.
  3. Communalism and partition.

Unit 8- History, Culture and Socio-Political Movement in Tamil Nadu

  1. History of Tamil Society , Related Archaeological discoveries, Tamil Literature from Sangam age till contemporary times.
  2. Thirukkural: Significance as a Secular Literature, Relevance to Everyday Life, Impact of Thirukkural on Humanity, Thirukkural and Universal Values, Equality, Humanism, etc., Relevance to Socio-Politico-Economic affairs, Philosophical content in Thirukkural.
  3. Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle, early agitations against British Rule, Rule of women in freedom struggle.
  4. Evolution of 19th and 20th Century Socio-Political movements in Tamil Nadu, Justice Party, Growth of Rationalism, Self Respect Movement, Dravidian movement and Principles underlying both these movements, Contributions of Thanthai Periyar and Perarignar Anna.

Unit 9- Development Administration in Tamil Nadu

  1. Human Development Indicators in Tamil Nadu and a comparative assessment across the country, Impact of Social Reform movements in the Socio-Economic Development of Tamil Nadu.
  2. Political parties and Welfare schemes for various sections of people, Rationale behind Reservation Policy and access to Social Resources, Economic trends in Tamil Nadu, Role and impact of social welfare schemes in the Socio-economic development of Tamil Nadu.
  3. Social Justice and Social Harmony as the Cornerstones of Socio-Economic development.
  4. Education and Health systems in Tamil Nadu.
  5. Geography of Tamil Nadu and its impact on Economic growth.
  6. Achievements of Tamil Nadu in various fields.
  7. E-governance in Tamil Nadu.

Aptitude and Mental Ability Syllabus

  1. Simplification, Percentage, Highest Common Factor (HCF), Lowest Common Multiple (LCM).
  2. Ratio and Proportion.
  3. Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Area, Volume, Time, and Work.
  4. Logical Reasoning, Puzzles: Dice, Visual Reasoning, Alpha numeric Reasoning, Numeric Series

TNPSC Group 1 Mains Syllabus

Amongst the three papers of the Mains exam 2022, two papers ask question from General Studies while the third is about Education.

Paper 1- General Studies Syllabus

Paper 1 delves deeper into some of the topics of Prelims. This paper mainly deals with History, Mental Ability, and Science and Technology.

Unit 1- Modern History of India and Indian Culture

  1. Advent of European invasion
  2. Expansion and consolidation of British rule
  3. Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors
  4. Social reforms and religious movements
  5. India since independence
  6. Characteristics of Indian culture
  7. Unity in diversity- race, colour, language, custom
  8. India- a secular state
  9. Organisations for fine arts, dance, drama, music
  10. Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu
  11. Political parties and populist schemes
  12. National renaissance
  13. Early uprising against British rule
  14. 1857 Revolt
  15. Indian National Congress
  16. Emergence of national leaders- Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji
  17. Growth of militant movements
  18. Different modes of agitation
  19. Era of different Acts and Pacts
  20. World war & final phase struggle
  21. Communalism led to partition
  22. Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle- Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar and others

Unit 2- General Mental Ability

  1. Conversion of information to data
  2. Collection, compilation and presentation of data
  3. Tables, graphs, diagrams
  4. Parametric representation of data
  5. Analytical interpretation of data
  6. School arithmetic
  7. Percentage
  8. Highest Common Factor (HCF)
  9. Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  10. Ratio and Proportion
  11. Simple interest
  12. Compound interest
  13. Area
  14. Volume
  15. Time and Work
  16. Probability
  17. Information technology
  18. Basic terms, Communications
  19. Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  20. Decision making and problem solving
  21. Basics in Computers/ Computer terminology

Unit 3- Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the Development of India and Tamil Nadu

  1. Nature of universe
  2. General scientific laws
  3. Scientific instruments
  4. Inventions and discoveries
  5. National scientific laboratories
  6. Science glossary 
  7. Physical quantities, standards and units
  8. Mechanics and properties of matter
  9. Force, motion and energy
  10. Heat, light and sound
  11. Magnetism, electricity and electronics
  12. Atomic and nuclear physics
  13. Astronomy and space science
  14. Elements and compounds
  15. Acids, bases and salts
  16. Oxidation and reduction 
  17. Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds
  18. Natural disasters
  19. Safeguard measures
  20. Chemistry of ores and metals
  21. Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides
  22. Biochemistry and biotechnology
  23. Polymers and plastics
  24. Electrochemistry
  25. Main concepts of life science
  26. The cell- basic unit of life
  27. Classification of living organisms
  28. Nutrition and dietetics
  29. Respiration 
  30. Excretion of metabolic waste
  31. Bio- communication
  32. Blood and blood circulation
  33. Endocrine system
  34. Reproductive system
  35. Animals, plants, and human life
  36. Govt. policy/ organisations
  37. Science and Technology
  38. Role, achievement and impact of Science and Technology
  39. Energy
  40. Self sufficiency
  41. Oil exploration
  42. Defence Research Organisation
  43. Ocean research and development
  44. Genetics- the science of heredity
  45. Environment, ecology, health and hygiene
  46. Biodiversity and its conservation
  47. Human diseases, prevention and remedies
  48. Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases
  49. Alcoholism and Drug abuse
  50. Computer science and advancement
  51. Genetic Engineering
  52. Remote sensing and benefits

Paper 2- General Studies Syllabus

  • The second paper deals with the other few topics of Prelims like Polity, Geography, Tamil and English Language, and others.
  • They all must be studied in detail as concept-based questions are asked from these. 

Unit 1- Indian Polity and Emerging Political Trends Across the World Affecting India and Geography of India

  1. Indian Polity– Constitution of India, Preamble to the Constitution, Salient features of Constitution, Union, state and territory, Citizenship, rights and duties, Fundamental right, Directive principles of state policy, Fundamental duties, Human rights charter, Union executive, Union legislature- Parliament, State executive, State legislature- Assembly, Status of Jammu and Kashmir, Local government- Panchayat raj, Indian Federalism, Centre-state relations, Judiciary in India, Rule of Law/ Due process of Law, Emergency provisions, Civil Services in India, Administrative Challenges in a welfare state, Complexities of district administration, Elections, Election Commission Union and State, Official language and Schedule-VIII, Amendments to constitution, Schedules to constitution.
  2. Emerging political trends across the world affecting India– Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region, Security and defence related matters, Nuclear policy, issues and conflicts, The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to Indian and the world.
  3. Geography of India– Earth and universe, Solar system, Atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate, Water resources- rivers in India, Soil minerals & natural resources, Natural vegetation, Forest and Wildlife, Agricultural pattern, livestock & fisheries, Transport and communication, Centers of trade, commerce and art, Social geography- population, density and distribution, Natural calamities- disaster management, Bottom topography of Indian ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal, Climate change- impact and consequences, mitigation measures, Pollution control.

Unit 2- Tamil Language, Tamil Society- Its Culture and Heritage/ English Language

  1. Tamil Language, Tamil Society- Its Culture and Heritage
  1. English Language Skills- Precis writing, Report writing on current issues.
  2. Comprehension of a given passage and answering questions thereupon.

Unit 3- Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu

  1. State government organisation- structure, functions and control mechanism
  2. District administration- role in people’s welfare oriented programmes
  3. Industrial map of Tamil Nadu- role of state government
  4. Public Services- role of recruitment agencies
  5. State finance- resources, budget and financial administration
  6. Use of IT in administration- e-governance in the State
  7. Natural calamities- strategic planning in the State
  8. Social welfare
  9. Government sponsored schemes with reference to Tamil Nadu
  10. Union government organisation- structure, functions and control mechanism
  11. Relationship between State and Union
  12. Industrial map of India- role of Union government
  13. Public Services- role of recruitment agencies in Union Government
  14. Union finance- resources, budget and financial administration
  15. Use of IT in administration- e-governance in Union Government
  16. Natural calamities- strategic planning by the Union
  17. Social welfare- government sponsored schemes by Government of India

Paper 3- Education Syllabus

Paper 3 asks questions from a variety of themes from Education. For this paper, the candidates need theoretical knowledge of education as well as various schemes and acts.

  1. Current trends and challenges in Education
  2. Innovation in Education
  3. Education Psychology
  4. Philosophy in Education, Eastern and Western Education
  5. Education Sociology
  6. Scheme SSC and RMSA
  7. Curriculum
  8. Measurements and Evaluation
  9. Human Rights and RTE Act
  10. Learner/ Learning
  11. Inclusive Education
  12. Information and Communication Technology
  13. Education Management
  14. Gender Sensitization
  15. Environmental Education
  16. Vocational Guidance
  17. Health and Physical Education
  18. Distance and Open Learning
  19. Outreach Programme
  20. Committee and Commissions in Education
  21. Basic concept of psychology
Group B Syllabus

TNPSC Group 1 Syllabus: Group B Services

  • TNPSC Group 1 exam syllabus for group B services consists of topics both similar and different from the one given above.
  • It has topics related Law, Ethics and Religion along with History, Geography, and Science. 

TNPSC Group 1 Prelims Syllabus

The syllabus for TNPSC Group 1 Prelims of B services highly diverse and tests the candidates in almost every sphere. The candidates have to be both theoretical and analytical to qualify for the Mains.

General Studies Syllabus

There are 9 units which are further segmented into several heads, in some cases. The details about each of them are given below.

Unit 1- General Science

  1. Physics– Universe, General Scientific laws, Scientific instruments, Inventions and Discoveries, National scientific laboratories, Science glossary, Mechanics and properties of matter, Physical quantities, standards and units, Electricity and magnetism, Electronics and communication, Heat, light and sound, Atomic and nuclear physics, Solid State Physics, Spectroscopy, Geophysics, Astronomy and space science.
  2. Chemistry– Elements and Compounds, Acids, bases and salts, Oxidation and reduction, Chemistry of ores and metals, Carbon, nitrogen and their compounds, Fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides, Biochemistry and biotechnology, Electrochemistry, Polymers and Plastics
  3. Botany– Main Concepts of life science, The cell- basic unit of life, Classification of living organism, Nutrition and dietetics, Respiration, Excretion of metabolic waste, Bio-communication
  4. Zoology– Blood and blood circulation, Endocrine system, Reproductive system, Genetics- the science of heredity, Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Biodiversity and its conservation, Human diseases, prevention and remedies, Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, Alcoholism and drug abuse, Animals, plants and human life. 

Unit 2- Current Events

  1. History– Latest diary events (national), National Symbols, Profile of States, Defence, national security and terrorism, World organisations (pacts and summits), Eminent persons and places in news, Sports & games, Books and authors, Awards and honours, Cultural panorama, Latest historical events, India and its neighbours, Latest terminology, Appointments- who is who?
  2. Political Science– India’s foreign policy, Latest court verdicts, public opinion, Problems in conduct of public elections, Political parties and political system in India, Public awareness & General administration, Role of Voluntary organisations & Govt., Welfare oriented govt. Schemes and their utility.
  3. Geography– Geographical landmarks, policy on environment and ecology.
  4. Economics– Current socio-economic problems, New economic policy and govt. Sector.
  5. Science– Latest inventions on science and technology, Latest discoveries in Health Science, Mass media and communication.

Unit 3- Geography

  1. Earth and Universe
  2. Solar System
  3. Atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere
  4. Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate
  5. Water resources- rivers in India
  6. Soil, minerals and natural resources
  7. Natural vegetation
  8. Forest & wildlife
  9. Agricultural pattern, livestock and fisheries
  10. Transport & communication
  11. Social geography- population density and distribution
  12. Natural calamities- disaster management
  13. Climate change- impact and consequences, mitigation measures
  14. Pollution Control

Unit 4- History and Culture of India

  1. Pre-historic events
  2. Indus valley civilization
  3. Vedic, Aryan, and Sangam Age
  4. Maurya Dynasty
  5. Buddhism and Jainism
  6. Guptas, Delhi Sultans, Mughals and Marathas
  7. Age of Vijayanagaram and the Brahmanis
  8. South Indian history
  9. Culture and Heritage of Tamil People
  10. Advent of European invasion
  11. Expansion and consolidation of British rule
  12. Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors 
  13. Social reforms and religious movements 
  14. India since independence
  15. Characteristics of Indian culture
  16. Unity in diversity- race, colour, language, custom
  17. India as secular state
  18. Organisations of fine arts, dance, drama, music
  19. Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu
  20. Political parties and populist schemes
  21. Prominent personalities in the various spheres- Arts, Science, Literature and Philosophy- Mother Teresa, Swami Vivekananda, Pandit Ravishankar, M.S. Subbulakshmi, Rukmani Arundel and J. Krishnamoorthy, etc. 

Unit 5- Indian Polity

  1. Constitution of India
  2. Preamble to the Constitution
  3. Salient features of Constitution
  4. Union, State and territory
  5. Citizenship- rights and duties
  6. Fundamental rights
  7. Fundamental duties
  8. Human rights charter
  9. Union legislature
  10. Parliament
  11. State executive
  12. State legislature- assembly
  13. Status of Jammu and Kashmir
  14. Local Government- panchayat raj- Tamil Nadu
  15. Judiciary in India
  16. Rule of Law/ Due process of Law
  17. Indian Federalism- center, state relations
  18. Emergency provisions
  19. Civil Services in India
  20. Administrative challenges in a welfare state
  21. Complexities of district administration
  22. Elections
  23. Election Commission- union and state
  24. Official language and Schedule VIII
  25. Amendments to Constitution
  26. Schedules to Constitution
  27. Administrative reforms and tribunals
  28. Corruption in public life
  29. Anti-corruption measures- Central Vigilance Commission, lok-adalats, Ombudsman, Comptroller and Auditor General of India
  30. Right to information- Central and State Commission 
  31. Empowerment of women
  32. Voluntary organisations and public grievances redressal
  33. Consumer protection forms

Unit 6- Indian Economy

  1. Nature of Indian economy
  2. Need for economic planning
  3. Five-year plan models- an assessment 
  4. Land reforms & agriculture
  5. Application of science in agriculture
  6. Industrial growth
  7. Capital formation and investment
  8. Role of public sector & disinvestment
  9. Development of Infrastructure
  10. National Income
  11. Public finance & fiscal policy
  12. Price policy & public distribution
  13. Banking, money & monetary policy
  14. Role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  15. WTO- globalization & privatization
  16. Rural welfare oriented programmes
  17. Social sector problems- population, education, health, employment, poverty
  18. HRD- sustainable economic growth
  19. Economic trends in Tamil Nadu
  20. Energy- different sources and development
  21. Finance Commission
  22. Planning Commission
  23. National Development Council

Unit 7- Indian National Movement

  1. National renaissance
  2. Early uprising against British rule
  3. 1857 revolt
  4. Indian National Congress
  5. Emergence of national leaders- Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore, Netaji
  6. Growth of militant movements
  7. Different modes of agitations 
  8. Era of different Acts and Pacts
  9. World war and final phase struggle
  10. Communalism led to partition 
  11. Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle- Rajaji, VOC, Periyar, Bharathiar & Others
  12. Birth of political parties/ political system in India since Independence

Unit 8- Hindu Religion and Temples

  1. Hindu Religion- meaning and definition
  2. Meaning and definition of Saivism and Vaishnavism
  3. Types of Vaishnavism- six systems
  4. Basic concepts of Vaishnavism- Tattva, Hita, Purushartha
  5. Hindu Cultural Heritage
  6. Temples- Types to temple structure based on various Hindu sects
  7. Significance of festivals

Unit 9- Ethics and Integrity

  1. Emotional Intelligence– Concept, Utility in effective behaviour, Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution, Development of Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence and Communication.
  2. Ethics– Meaning and Definition, Professional Ethics, Responsibility, types, Ethical Conduct, Role in Administration, Ethics and Public Image, Concept of Conscience, Ethical dilemmas and their resolutions, Development of ethical organizational culture, Moral Values, System of Moral Regulation, Value Orientation, Self Judgement, Self Education, Moral Consciousness, Moral Traits
  3. Accounts and Integrity– Concept, Role in Administration, Legal Aspects of Accountability, RTI and Accountability, Accountability and Public Administration.

Aptitude and Mental Ability Syllabus

  1. Conversion of Information to data
  2. Collection, compilation and presentation of data
  3. Tables, graphs, diagrams
  4. Parametric representation of data
  5. Analytical interpretation of data
  6. Simplification
  7. Percentage
  8. Highest Common Factor (HCF)
  9. Lowest Common Multiple (LCM)
  10. Ratio and Proportion
  11. Simple Interest 
  12. Compound Interest
  13. Area
  14. Volume
  15. Time and Work
  16. Behavioral ability- Basic terms, communications in information technology
  17. Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  18. Decision making and problem solving
  19. Logical Reasoning- Puzzles (Dice), Visual Reasoning, Alpha numeric Reasoning, Number Series, Logical Number/ Alphabetical/ Diagrammatic Sequences.

TNPSC Group 1 Mains Syllabus 

For the descriptive exam, there are three papers which deal with different themes. The first paper is about the General Studies which tests the in-depth knowledge of the general topics from the Prelims exam. The other two tests the candidates’ knowledge about the Hindu Religion and Law. 

Paper 1- General Studies Syllabus

The detailed syllabus for each unit of General Studies are given in the list below.

Unit 1- History: Modern India

  1. Advent of European Invasion 
  2. Effect of British rule on socio-economic factors
  3. Social reforms and religious movements
  4. Indian since Independence
  5. Characteristics of Indian culture
  6. India- a secular state
  7. Organisations for fine arts, dance, drama, music
  8. Growth of rationalist, Dravidian movement in Tamil Nadu
  9. Political parties and populist schemes
  10. National renaissance
  11. Early uprising against British rule
  12. 1857 Revolt
  13. Indian National Congress
  14. Emergence of national leaders
  15. Growth of militant movements
  16. Different modes of agitations
  17. Era of different Acts and Pacts
  18. World war and final phase struggle
  19. Communalism led to partition
  20. Role of Tamil Nadu in freedom struggle

Unit 2- Science and Technology

  1. Basic concepts of Science
  2. Natural disasters and safeguard measures
  3. Chemistry of ores and metals
  4. Fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides
  5. Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  6. Polymers and plastics
  7. Electrochemistry
  8. Main concepts of life science
  9. Nutrition and dietetics
  10. Respiration
  11. Excretion of metabolic waste
  12. Bio-communication
  13. Govt. policy/ organizations on Science and Technology
  14. Role, achievement & impact of Science and Technology
  15. Energy- self sufficiency and oil exploration
  16. Defence Research Organisation
  17. Ocean research and development
  18. Genetics- the science of heredity
  19. Environment, ecology, health and hygiene, Biodiversity and its conversation
  20. Human diseases, prevention and remedies
  21. Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases
  22. Alcohol and drug abuse
  23. Computer science and advancement
  24. Genetic Engineering
  25. Remote sensing and benefits

Unit 3- Indian Polity

  1. Constitution of India
  2. Preamble to the constitution
  3. Salient features of constitution
  4. Union State and territory
  5. Citizenship- rights and duties
  6. Fundamental duties
  7. Human rights charter
  8. Union Executive 
  9. Union Legislature- Parliament
  10. State Executive 
  11. State Legislature- Assembly
  12. Status of Jammu and Kashmir
  13. Local Government- panchayat raj
  14. Indian federalism- center-state relations
  15. Judiciary in India
  16. Rule of law/ Due process of Law
  17. Emergency provisions
  18. Civil services in India
  19. Administrative Challenges in a welfare state
  20. Complexities of district administration
  21. Elections
  22. Election Commission Union and State
  23. Official language and Schedule VIII
  24. Amendments to constitution
  25. Schedules to constitution
  26. Administration of Union and States with special reference to Tamil Nadu

Unit 4- India vs Foreign Nations

  1. India’s foreign policy
  2. Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region
  3. Security and defence related matters
  4. Nuclear policy, issues and conflicts
  5. The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to Indian and the world.

Unit 5- Indian Geography

  1. Earth and Universe
  2. Solar System
  3. Atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere
  4. Monsoon, rainfall, weather and climate
  5. Water resources- rivers in India
  6. Soil, minerals and natural resources
  7. Natural vegetation
  8. Forest & wildlife
  9. Agricultural pattern, livestock and fisheries
  10. Transport including Surface Transport & communication
  11. Social geography- population density and distribution
  12. Natural calamities- disaster management
  13. Bottom topography of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal
  14. Climate change- impact and consequences, mitigation measures
  15. Pollution Control

Unit 6- Current Affairs

  1. National Symbols
  2. Profile of States
  3. Defence, national security and terrorism
  4. World organisations and Pacts and Summits
  5. Latest inventions on science & technology
  6. Eminent personalities and places in news
  7. Sports & games
  8. Books and authors
  9. Awards and honours
  10. Cultural panorama
  11. Latest historical events
  12. Policy on environment and ecology
  13. India and its neighbours
  14. Latest terminology
  15. Appointments- who is who?
  16. Latest court verdicts- public opinion
  17. Problems in conduct of public elections
  18. Political parties and political system in India
  19. Public awareness & General administration
  20. Role of Voluntary organisations & Govt.
  21. Welfare oriented govt. Schemes and their utility.
  22. New economic policy & govt. sector
  23. Mass media and communication

Unit 7- Indian Economy

  1. Nature of Indian economy
  2. Five-year plan models- an assessment 
  3. Land reforms & agriculture
  4. Application of science in agriculture
  5. Industrial growth
  6. Capital formation and investment
  7. Role of public sector & disinvestment
  8. Development of Infrastructure
  9. National Income
  10. Public finance & fiscal policy
  11. Price policy & public distribution
  12. Consumerism & Consumer protection
  13. Banking, money & monetary policy
  14. Role of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
  15. WTO- liberalization, globalization & privatization
  16. Rural welfare oriented programmes
  17. HRD- sustainable economic growth
  18. Economic trend in Tamil Nadu
  19. Energy- different sources and development
  20. Finance Commission
  21. Planning Commission
  22. National Development Council
  23. Poverty Alleviation Programmes
  24. Impact of global economy on India

Unit 8- Socio Economic Issues

  1. Population Explosion
  2. Unemployment issues in India and Tamil Nadu
  3. Child Labour
  4. Economic Issues- Poverty, Sanitation (Rural and Urban), Corruption in public life, Anti-Corruption measures.
  5. CVC, Lok- adalats, Ombudsman, CAG
  6. Illiteracy
  7. Women Empowerment
  8. Role of the Government in Women Empowerment
  9. Social Justice to womenfolk
  10. Domestic Violence, dowry menace, sexual assault
  11. Loss of cultural heritage due to economic development
  12. Urbanization and its impact on the society
  13. Impact of violence on the growth of the nation
  14. Religious violence, Terrorism and Communal Violence
  15. Regional Disparities
  16. Problems of Minorities
  17. Human Rights issues
  18. Right to information
  19. Central and State Commission
  20. Faith and conflict among legislature, executive, judiciary, and media
  21. Education
  22. Linkage between Education and Economic Growth
  23. Community Development Programme
  24. Employment Guarantee Scheme
  25. Self Employment and Entrepreneurship Development
  26. Role of NGOs in Social Welfare
  27. Government Policy on Health

Unit 9- Ethics and Integrity 

  1. Emotional Intelligence– Definition, Emotional Intelligence, Organisational success, Acquiring and Improving Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal behaviour, Emotional Intelligence as Leadership Trait.
  2. Ethics– Meaning and Definition, Professional Ethics, Professional competence, Responsibility, Ethics in workplace, Types, Ethical Conduct, Code of conduct, Code of Ethics, Ethics and Public Image, Concept of Conscience, Fundamental Principles of Ethical and Professional behaviour, Ethical dilemmas and their resolutions, Development of ethical organisational culture, Moral Values, System of Moral Regulation, Value Orientation, Self Judgement, Self Education, Moral Consciousness, Moral Traits, Role in Administration. 
  3. Accountability and Integrity– Concept, Role in Administration, Legal Aspects of Accountability, RTI and Accountability, Accountability and Public Administration, Accountability and Transparency, Constitutional Mechanisms to ensure financial Accountability. 

Paper 2- Hindu Religion

This paper tests the candidates awareness about the Hindu religion and all its aspects including the scriptures, systems, concepts.

Unit 1- Hindu Religion

  1. Meaning and Definition of Religion
  2. Origin and Development of Hinduism
  3. General Characteristics of Hinduism

Unit 2- Hindu Scriptures

  1. Vedas
  2. Four Vedas and their outlines
  3. Upanishads
  4. Identity of Atman and Brahman
  5. Bhagavad Gita
  6. Gnana, Karma, Bakthi Yogas
  7. Ramayana, Mahabharata
  8. 18 Purana 
  9. Saiva and Vaishnava Agamas- 4000 Prabhandams
  10. Panniruthirumurais (General Studies)

Unit 3- Systems of Hindu Religion

  1. Saivism
  2. Different types of Saivism
  3. Kashmir Saivam, Siddhanta Saivam, Veera Saivam
  4. Vaishnavism 
  5. Bhagavatha System
  6. Avataras
  7. Sri Vaishnavism
  8. Vadakalai
  9. Thenkalai
  10. Saktham
  11. Development of Saktha worship, Tantras
  12. Kaumaram- Origin and Development
  13. Ganapathyam
  14. Six Sects
  15. Sauram- Significance of sun worship

Unit 4- Hindu Saints and Sages

Alwars, Nayamars, Sankara, Ramanujar, Madhva, Thayumanavar and Ramalingar- Their contribution to Hinduism

Unit 5- Saivism

  1. Meaning and Definition
  2. Traces of Saivism in Vedas and Upanishads
  3. Rudra Siva
  4. Samayachariyars, Santhanachariyars, Meikanda Sastras
  5. Thiruvarutpayan (Text)
  6. Basic concepts of Saivism- Pati, Pasu, Pasam, Means to Mukthi
  7. Cariya, Kriya, Yoga and Gnana

Unit 6- Vaishnavism 

  1. Meaning and Definition 
  2. Outline of Brahmasutra
  3. Vedantha Sangraha (Text)
  4. Basic concepts
  5. Tattvam
  6. Hitham 
  7. Purushartha
  8. Means to Moksha
  9. Bakthi and Prapatti

Unit 7- Basic concepts of Indian Philosophical System

  1. Heterodox– Carvaka, Perception, the only source of knowledge, Ethics of Carvaka, Jainism, Anuvrata and Mahavrata, Ethics of Jainism, Sects of Jainism, Buddhism, Four Noble Truths, Eight fold paths, Nirvana, Sects of Buddhism
  2. Orthodox– Nyaya, Theory of Causation, Conception of God, Vaisesika, Padarthas, Sankya, Prakriti and Purusha, Theory and evolution, Bondage and liberation, Yoga, Eight limbs of Yoga, Mimamsa, Purva Mimamsa and Uttara Mimamsa and the concept of Dharma, Vedanta, Schools of Vedanta. 

Unit 8- Hindu Ethics

  1. Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokhsa (Purusharthas)
  2. Ethics of Thirukkural 
  3. Professional Ethics for Temple Administrators
  4. Maintenance of Temples and Public Relations

Unit 9- Hindu Culture

  1. Cultural Heritage 
  2. Temple Arts
  3. Architecture and Sculpture
  4. Sthala Vriksham, Sthala Puranas, Temple Ponds, Special Sannatis and Murtis
  5. Music, Dance, Drama
  6. Importance of Inscriptions, Icons, Idols, Murals, Manuscripts, copper plates and monuments.

Unit 10- Hindu Festivals

  1. Philosophical Significance of festivals
  2. Brahmotsavam
  3. Vinayaka Chathurthi
  4. Navrathri
  5. Vaikunda Ekathasi, Arudhra Dharshan
  6. Monthly, Seasonal and yearly festivals
  7. Poojas, Athmartha and Parartha Poojas
  8. Nithya, Naimithka, Kamiki Poojas
  9. Customs, Traditions, Rituals, Pilgrimage
  10. Need for Religious Harmony

Paper 3- Law

For any candidate applying for the TNPSC Group 1B services, it is mandatory to know about the Constitution and laws of India. The topics asked from these section are all descriptive.

Unit 1- Jurisprudence

  1. Sources of Law, Legislation, and Precedent and Custom
  2. School of Jurisprudence- Analytical, Historical, Philosophical and Sociological
  3. Concepts- Rights and duties, Person, Possession and ownership.

Unit 2- Constitutional Law

  1. Nature of Indian Constitution and its salient features
  2. Preamble
  3. Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles and Fundamental Duties
  4. Constitutional position of the President and Government and their powers
  5. Supreme Court and High Courts- their powers, and Jurisdiction- Judicial Activism
  6. Legislative and Administrative Relations between the Union and States
  7. Constitutional safeguards to Civil Servants
  8. Emergency Provisions
  9. Amendment of the Constitution, Religious freedom, Special provisions to minorities

Unit 3- Contracts and Consumer Protection

  1. Basic Elements of Contract: Offer, Acceptance Consent, Consideration and Capacity of parties
  2. Void, Voidable, Illegal and unenforceable Contracts
  3. Indemnity, Guarantee and Bailment
  4. Consumer, Protection, Remedies, Duties of Central Government, State Governments, State Commission, National Commission, Consumers Forums

Unit 4- Law of Crimes

  1. Concepts of Crimes, Actus Reus and Mens Rea in statutory offences
  2. Stages of Crimes, Abetment and Conspiracy
  3. General Defences
  4. Offences against Person, Murder and Culpable Homicide, Wrongful restraint and Wrongful confinement, kidnapping, Abduction and Rape
  5. Offences against property- theft, extortion, robbery, dacoity, criminal misappropriation, breach of trust and cheating, falsification of records, forgery. 
  6. Offences relating to Marriage

Unit 5-Torts

  1. Nature and definition Tort
  2. Liability based on fault 
  3. Strict liability
  4. Negligence
  5. Nuisance
  6. Defamation

Unit 6- Family Law; Personal Law Relating to Hindus, Muslims and Christians

  1. Sources
  2. Marriage and Divorce
  3. Adoption and Maintenance
  4. Minority and Guardianship
  5. Succession

Unit 7- Property Law – General Principles

  1. Fixtures
  2. Property, Transferable and Non-Transferable Property
  3. Competency of the transfer
  4. Rule against perpetuity
  5. Condition Precedent and condition subsequent
  6. Doctrines, Election, Ostensible owner, Feeding the Grant by estoppel
  7. LisPendens
  8. Fraudulent Transfer
  9. Part performance
  10. Intellectual Property Rights

Unit 8- Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments and Related Laws

  1. Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Acts, 1959 and Rules
  2. Heritage Act, 1947
  3. Temple Entry Act
  4. Tender Transparency Act
  5. Right to Information Act
  6. Juvenile Justice Act
  7. Environmental Law
  8. The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological sites and Remains Act, 1958. 
  9. The Madras Ancient and Historical Monument and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1971.
  10. The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972
  11. Antiquities and Art Treasures Rules, 1973
  12. The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendments and Validation) Act, 2010. 
  13. The Tamil Nadu Heritage Commission Act, 2012. 

Unit 9- Revenue and Registration Act

  1. Registration Act, 1908
  2. Revenue Recovery Act, 1864
  3. Land Reforms Act, 2015
  4. Inam abolition Act, 1977
  5. Tenancy Act, 1948
  6. Easement Act, 1882
  7. Public Premises Act, 1971
  8. Tamil Nadu Buildings (Lease and Rent Control) Act, 1960
  9. Tamil Nadu Court of Wards Act, 1902

Unit 10- Procedural Laws Including Labour Law, Arbitration and Insurance

  1. Definitions, Jurisdiction of Civil Court, Plaint, Written statement, Pleadings and Trial, Execution, Limitation Act, Preparation of documents relating to contract, sale deed, lease deed, and interlocutory application, etc. 
  2. Brief History about the Criminal procedure code, definition, main functionaries of the criminal procedure code, powers of superior police officers and aid to the magistrates and police, Pre-Trial Proceedings, Trial Procedure, Appeal Procedure
  3. Indian Evidence Act, 1872, Scope, object and applicability of facts, Facts which need not be proved, Judicial notice, Burden of Proof, Types of evidence, Presumptions
  4. Labour Laws, Payment of Wages Act, 1936, Minimum Wages Act, 1948, Gratuity and Contract Labour
  5. Arbitration, Conciliation, Mediation, Insolvency and Insurance.

 

 

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